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Priests protest against gold plates in Badri-Kedar temple

Local priests on Monday protested against the Badri Kedar Temple Committee’s (BKTC) decision to replace the silver plates covering the walls of the sanctum sanctorum of the Kedarnath temple with gold. The decision was taken by BKTC when a businessman offered to donate 230 kilogrammes of gold to the temple.
As per reports, some local priests have been opposing the move. They say that gold is a symbol of wealth and worldly pleasures and goes against the ancient values of the temple, which signifies separation from the material world.
“This is against the tradition. The four stambhs have gods in them. We will not allow this. If they do not listen to us, we will protest and conduct a hunger strike, “said Pandit Vinod Prasad Shukla.
The other priests stated that the sanctum will remain closed until the board provides complete clarification.”We oppose this. Until and unless they fully convey it, the sanctum is to remain closed. We don’t support this,” said Pandit Santosh Trivedi.
 BKTC President took note of the situation and said that there was some confusion which was later resolved.
«Some people thought that there was some sort of altercation in the temple›s inner sanctum. We resolved their doubts and explained to them that we are just replacing the silver plates with gold plates, «said BKTC President Ajender Ajay. He further clarified that the whole process is being monitored by experts and archaeologists.
«We talked and we justified that Somnath already has gold plates. Kashi Vishwanath Temple has a gold temple and sanctum. Throughout history, it›s evident that these ancient temples were prosperous, there were no religious values altered, or the move doesn›t oppose any religious belief, « he added.
In view of the huge crowd of pilgrims in Kedarnath Dham, the temple committee has banned the entry of pilgrims into the sanctum sanctorum of Kedarnath temple.
The pilgrims will now be able to have darshan from the Sabha Mandap only.
Committee President Ajendra Ajay said that due to the huge crowd, entry into the sanctum has been banned. He said, «The crowd is expected to remain till 15 October, after which it will be reconsidered».
According to the data released by officials earlier, eleven lakh pilgrims reached Kedarnath Dham.
“A record number of passengers have arrived on this visit. The yatra was affected due to the corona epidemic for two years, but this time the yatra is being conducted duly,” District Magistrate (DM) Mayur Dixit said.
Dixit further said, “In the initial phase, there were problems due to excessive crowd. There was some shortage in the cleanliness system too, but all the arrangements have been rectified. Therefore, more than five hundred sanitation workers are providing their services from Rudraprayag to Kedarnath. Also, the departments related to travel are constantly paying attention to their work. “
“The instructions have been given to all the departments that there should not be any problem in the journey. Efforts are being made to provide better facilities to the pilgrims in the Dham including the walking route,” he added.
Meanwhile, numerous travellers arrived at the spot. All efforts are being made to provide better facilities to the people, the DM said.

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Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is slated to meet with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday, in an effort to defuse the crisis that was started in Rajasthan when lawmakers sympathetic to him challenged the appointment of his opponent Sachin Pilot to the position of governor. When it came to selecting Gehlot’s successor, the MPs wanted a say in the decision. They argued against Pilot’s promotion due to his 2020 uprising against the chief minister.

The meeting is anticipated as doubt over next month’s internal party election caused by the uprising in Rajasthan has led to the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh, emerging as a potential candidate.

On Thursday, Singh was also anticipated to meet Gandhi. The previous front-runner for the position, Gehlot was planning to submit his name for the election on October 17.

It is supposedly expected of Gehlot to explain what happened and distance himself from his followers’ conduct. Additionally, it appears that he apologised to Gandhi.

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The rulings came as the Supreme Court was set to rule today on whether an unmarried woman in a consensual relationship can seek abortion of pregnancy of 20-24 weeks term.

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“Unsafe abortions are preventable. Our understanding of mental health has to be considered in common parlance. Account must be taken of a pregnant woman’s environment,” the Supreme Court said.

“Married women may also form part of survivors of sexual assault or rape. A woman may become pregnant due to a non-consensual act by her husband. Sex and gender-based violence in all its form have been part of families,” Justice Chandrachud said.

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Veteran AIADMK leader and close associate of the late MGR and Jayalalitha, Panrutti S Ramachandran has been expelled from the party.
“Panrutti Ramachandran has been expelled from the party for party unlawful activities”, said, AIADMK Interim General Secretary Edappadi Palaniswami on Tuesday Panrutti Ramachandran is a veteran leader and was a close associate to both MGR and Jayalalitha.
On Tuesday morning, he was appointed as “political advisor to AIADMK” by former Chief Minister O Paneerselvam.
A division bench of Madras High court had on August 17 set aside the single bench judgement in favour of O Paneerselvam (OPS) on party leadership dispute.
In the General council meeting convened on July 11, EPS was elected as the interim General Secretary of the party. Before the meeting, supporters of both the rival factions clashed outside the party headquarters. Following the violent clash, the headquarters was seized by the Revenue Divisional Officer.
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Ranchi police said they have arrested a man for allegedly vandalising a Hanuman idol inside a temple on Ranchi’s main road.
The atmosphere became tense in Ranchi after the incident. But police said the situation is under control and adequate force has been deployed at the Hanuman temple and across the city. Kishor Kaushal, SSP Ranchi told ANI, “Police started an investigation into an attempt to vandalise an idol at a Hanuman temple. They swung into action as soon as the incident was reported to the police. One accused has been arrested. The accused was arrested on the basis of CCTV and eyewitness evidence. Further investigation is going on.”
Regarding the current situation in the city, the SSP said, “We have deployed forces at main roads and all sensitive areas. The magistrate is overseeing it. Durga puja is going on. No one will be allowed to foment communal tensions in the city.”
BJP spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo targeted the ruling government and said, “It is disgraceful that one community’s place of worship is targeted. Meat is being sold outside our places of worship. On June 10 also such an incident took place. If the government doesn’t identify the real culprits then we will have to take to the streets.”

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Block Education officer Virupakshappa Naduvinamani told ANI, “I’ll get the complaint copy from Sri Ram Sene. I’ll also get information from the headmaster of the school and students and provide them to the deputy director.” The state education department has ordered an enquiry. Abdul Munafar Bijapur, headmaster of the Government High School in Nagavi Village, had organised an essay competition on Prophet Mohammed. Subsequently, the right-wing activists barged into the school premises.
The incident took place in the Government High School in Nagavi village.

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Punjab police arrests gangster associated with Canada-based Lakhbir Landa Gang

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As part of the ongoing war against anti-social elements waged on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police has arrested an operative of Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Singh alias Landa gang from Bihar for his involvement in several heinous crimes pertaining to murder, attempt to murder, assault, robbery and snatching, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Wednesday.
The arrested gangster, identified as Karan Malik alias Karan Mann of Amritsar, is said to be a close aide of the main perpetrator in the IED planted under SI’s car case identified as Yuvraj Sabharwal alias Yash, who is an associate of Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Landa. Karan Malik is a history-sheeter and wanted by the Punjab Police.
DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable inputs that gangster Karan Malik has been taking shelter somewhere in District Jamui of Bihar, the team of Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) of Punjab Police in a joint operation with Central agencies and Bihar Police launched the search operation and managed to round up the accused at village Darima in District Jamui of Bihar.
Divulging details, he said that accused Karan Malik along with his associates had killed a person identified as Karan during a fight in July 2021. An FIR No. 184 dated 18.07.21 had been registered under sections 302, 148, and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act at Police Station B-Division Amritsar City.
Further, accused Karan Malik along with his accomplices had looted 530gm gold, 6 kg silver, and Rs 1 lakh cash from Lal Chand Jewellers at Fairland Colony in Amritsar in August 2021. A case FIR No. 149/2021 had been registered at Police Station Majitha Road, Amritsar in this regard.
The DGP said that during the preliminary investigations, it has come to light that the accused Karan Malik used to purchase weapons of .32 bore from an arms smuggler identified as Sahil for an amount of Rs 40,000 per weapon. Pertinently, Sahil along with his accomplice Himmat of Amritsar had been arrested by Punjab Police a few days back, and four weapons were recovered from their possession.
Meanwhile, the Police are conducting raids to nab Karan Malik’s younger brother identified as Arjun Malik alias Arjun, who is also involved in various criminal activities. Further investigation is going on to unravel their network.

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